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1st paragraph AONTAS Press Release                         Monday, 4th February 2008
should be     Contact: Niamh Farren                        Tel: 01-4068220
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the point                 Everyone’s a STAR at the AONTAS Adult Learning Awards

               AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, granted special awards to twelve
               outstanding adult learning projects at a ceremony in Dublin Castle today (Monday, 4th
               February 2008.

               The STAR – Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition – Awards were granted
               to adult learning projects that demonstrated a strong commitment to teamwork and to
               creating equal opportunities for all.
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               Broadcaster, Micheal O’ Muircheartaigh, delivered the keynote address at the awards important
               ceremon, calling on the Government to ‘Make Learning Matter’ “As AONTAS literature information
               proclaims, ‘Make Learning Matter’ is a fine ideal, and as such deserves far greater at the start of
               government funding, plus meaningful promotion by state agencies. It is encouraging to the release.
               look at the projects nominated, and the wide variety of subject matter among them is Remember
               highly commendable.”                                                                  the inverted
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make the       Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS, said her organisation decided to establish the STAR
release more   Awards as a means of showcasing the important work being done in the adult education
               sector. “The adult and community education sector in Ireland does hugely important
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               work on an ongoing basis in terms of developing the economy and society, strengthening
               communities, fostering active citizenship and improving the lives of individual adult
               learners,” she said. “This work is all too often hidden from the public view. Our aim
               with the STAR Awards is to publicly acknowledge the fantastic work being done by adult
               education groups throughout the country and to grant those groups the recognition they
               truly deserve.”

               The STAR Awards Ceremony was held as the opening event in the AONTAS Adult
               Learners’ Festival – a weeklong, nationwide festival aimed at celebrating and
               showcasing adult learning. Further information on the Festival is available at www.
 General       adultlearnersfestival.com.
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               AONTAS
               AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a voluntary membership
               organisation. It exists to promote the development of a learning society through the
               provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which
               is accessible to and inclusive to all.

               Adult Learners Festival
               The Adult Learners’ Festival takes place from 4 - 8 February 2008 to celebrate learning
               and highlight the importance of adult learning to public representatives and policy
               makers


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